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The return of Soviet dark humor in Russia

German thinker Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote that a good philosophical work could consist entirely of jokes. In many ways, jokes are a sociological treasure: they capture widespread social perceptions, and they amuse and criticize at the same…

Berlin Wall questions

Aspenia Online: Can you think of historical precedents, or parallels, in which a country builds a barrier (and maintains it for three decades) in order mostly to keep its own people in, rather than some external threat out? The North Korean…